TMJ Los Angeles
The Temporomandibular joints, commonly referred to as TMJ, are the joints that join the lower jawbone, to the skull. The joints are located on each side of the face, and their movements can be felt by placing a finger just under the ears and making simple mouth movements such as opening and shutting the mouth. Sometimes, there may arise certain complications with these joints thus hindering normal functionality of the mouth.
Such complications are what we call TMJ disorders, and though the complications should heal by themselves naturally if you notice continued complications, it is only wise to consult with a dentist for proper diagnosis and possible treatment. Wilshire Smile Group is one such establishment that offers TMJ Los Angeles treatment procedures.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Certain symptoms could point to a TMJ disorder, and if you notice recurring of such, you may be suffering from a complication, and you should see a doctor. The most common tell-tale sign of a TMJ disorder is clicking sounds when opening and closing of the mouth.
This may or may not be accompanied by pain, and it is an uncomfortable occurrence. Other symptoms include facial pains that may spread to the neck region as well as the shoulders, locking of the jaw at an open or closed position, and also facial swelling.
Once you visit our dentist with a TMJ disorder, the dentist will examine your jaw to find out the cause of the issue and give their expert opinion on how to reverse the condition. The dentist will ask you to open and close your mouth to listen for the occurrence of any clicking sounds. They could also observe the range of your jaw movement. In case it is limited, it could be due to a TMJ disorder.
Pressing areas around the jaw will also determine areas of pain and discomfort which will also help in diagnosis. If the dentist realizes a problem, you may undergo dental x-rays to show the nature of your teeth and jaw. Ct scans may also be done to provide detailed images of the joints and underlying bone. An MRI could also be done to reveal any underlying problems with your jaw or surrounding tissue.
Most cases of TMJ disorders are expected to go away naturally. The first thing that a dentist does is to offer pain meds, to reduce the pains and discomfort that you may be experiencing. Anti-inflammatories may also be administered to stop the swelling on affected areas.
Our TMJ Los Angeles treatment is mostly in the form of therapy. You may be given dental splints to wear during treatment which is meant to help reverse the condition. Mouth guards are also recommended for patients whose disorders are caused by teeth grinding while sleeping.
You will also get a few physical exercises recommended to help in the condition. However, if these treatments do not work, we can embark on surgical procedures to make changes to your jaw and correct the fault. However, this is only done in severe cases.